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Crazy full moon. First and last post of the summer by Misha Lyuve

Jun 29, 2013

First summer solstice. Then last week’s moon; she was fuller than full. It was yet another reminder of cycles of life. Now the moon will start winding down till it turns into a slim profile of self, only to rejuvenate and slowly come back to its fullness and repeat the cycle all over.

Following my own cycles, I am taking a break from writing the blog for the rest of the summer. Do follow me on Facebook and Twitter. If you miss me, write me a note.

And by the way, there maybe some endeavors of yours that might appreciate a break from you. Enjoy the summer!

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I reserve the right to change my mind about all of the above at any moment.

Crazy stuff by Misha Lyuve

Jun 29, 2013

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Fire Island, NY

Man’s Search for Meaning by Misha Lyuve

Jun 9, 2013

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way,” wrote an Auschwitz survivor Viktor Frankl in his book “Man’s Search for Meaning.” And if anyone else said this, even if they were cridentialized by impressive degrees or substantial psychological studies, it might’ve sounded presumptuous and even righteous. But Frankl, a psychologist by training, makes a very compelling argument based on very real and very extreme evidence. And encouragingly convincing. I highly recommend his book.

In its first part, Frankl gives account of his experiences in a few concentration camps including Auschwitz.  He does it with no drama, blame or vengeance. He describes events and examines human character, including his own. Some of his mates gave up; they threw themselves against the electric barb-wire in suicide; or refused to get out of bed and go to work, and got executed. Others managed to endure extreme circumstances, some found ways to console others and decipher moments of beauty. I learned that apart from luck what separated survivors from others is the ability to find meaning in life at all times, even in a concentration camp.  “Has all this suffering, this dying around us, a meaning? For, if not, then ultimately, there is no meaning to survival.”

In the second part of the book, Frankl presents logotherapy (from “logos” – meaning), a therapeutic doctrine he developed based on the foundation that “man’s search for meaning is the primary motivation in his life.” He survived Auschwitz by reexamining and creating meaning of his life moment to moment. It is the quest for meaning that empowers human existence. It surely empowers mine and most likely yours. In fact, the angst of life that most of us experience (see The privilege of being Unhappy), Frankl explains like this: “Mental health is based on a certain degree of tension, the tension between what one has already achieved and what one still ought to accomplish, or the gap between what one is and what one should become.” This gives me hope that I’m not completely mad.

Frankl’s life is a very profound example of searching and actualizing one’s meaning and potential. “It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us.” What does life expect from you?


Pickles by Misha Lyuve

Jun 6, 2013

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Pickles have an answer to the meaning of life. – Noone